Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zombie Goodness for Halloween

Zombies are all the rage right now on television, in books and movies. It doesn't appear to be a fascination that is going anywhere soon, much to the disappointment of many who find them gruesome and gross. Why do I like zombies? I actually find them quite disgusting, but what I DO love is the creative fun ways people deal with the idea of fighting zombies. I've sat around the table with my teens and their friends debating what weapon would work the best during a zombie Apocalypse. We came up with some cool ideas, and had a lot laughs. We've also had some pretty deep discussions on the science of creating zombies. Try it some time!

I have a few fun zombie related quotes from books and movies below, plus an easy, cheap method for turning yourself or someone else into a zombie for Halloween.

In those moments where you're not quite sure if the undead are really dead, dead, don't get all stingy with your bullets. I mean, one more clean shot to the head, and this lady could have avoided becoming a human Happy Meal. Woulda... coulda... shoulda. ~Columbus from Zombieland the movie.

Max Brooks wrote The Zombie Survival Guide:
Complete Protection From the Living Dead. He gives us the following advice:

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.”

“Zombies smell worse than anything you can imagine if you haven’t been hunting things on the dark side of the world. It’s a ripe, gassy odour, like rotting eggs and meat gone bad, crawling blind with maggots. It’s road kill and decayed food and body odour all rolled into one package and tied up with puke.” ~Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

Nick scoffed. "This aint' the army, boy. It's every man for himself. Fall behind. Get eaten” ~Sherrilyn Kenyon, from Infinity

“I just find it interesting that kids apparently used to cry when Bambi's mother died. George and I both held our breaths, and then cheered when she didn't reanimate and try to eat her son.” ~Mira Grant, author of Deadline

How To Become a Zombie: I lightly hair sprayed his hair, then "wooshed" some baby powder onto it all over. Then I hair sprayed it again lightly. Wooshed the powder one more time, then hair sprayed again. On his make-up, we started out with white sponged on but it had dried and didn't work well. So, I grabbed some grey, dark green and black then splotched it on his face, neck and hands. I had black make-up in a stick and used that on his eyes and mouth. Then we wooshed powder all over him again, and gently dabbed it with tissue.

Happy Halloween!

Brenda Hyde has been a freelance writer of home and garden articles for over 20 years, and now she's also writing paranormal romance through short stories and novellas. You can find her at the Wayfaring Writer blog here: http://moonsanity.blogspot.com/.


Tina Donahue said...

I never was into zombie stuff until I saw The Walking Dead. OMG, that is such a cool series. In the first episode, the cop (he is so HOT) escapes the hospital and sees a zombie without her lower body crawling across a field. Major yuck. The special effects are just great and it's so scary. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Can't say I'm into zombies, but maybe I'll try it this Halloween. Sounds like an acquired taste, no pun intended.

Brenda Hyde said...

Walking Dead is good, isn't it? I agree Tina, the ick factor is pretty high though. LOL

The cop Rick is yummy-- well, not in a "I want to eat your brains" way, but still...

Fiona McGier said...

I just read that the government was having trouble getting people to read the pamphlets they put out on emergency preparation steps...so they put up stuff on-line that explains how to survive a zombie attack...seems that pretty much the same steps would protect you from most emergency situations! Now people are reading and learning, and enjoying it too!

But I still don't think that zombies are going to ever be as big as vampires and shifters, in romance novels! Too much "ick" factor, what with the rotting and losing of body parts and all...